DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire alpine skier Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) was named to the All-East First Team by the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association for the second straight season Monday, and three other Wildcats –alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.), and Nordic skiers Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah)- were feted as All-East Second Team honorees.
The four Wildcats were recognized for ranking in the top 10 during the six-carnival EISA season. The rankings take into account the best two scores of combined disciplines: slalom and giant slalom for alpine races, and classic and freestyle for Nordic competition.
Atkinson, who earned the EISA Skier of the Week award Feb. 21, was the EISA's fifth-ranked alpine skier after compiling a best two combined score of 270 during the campaign. His season high for GS points was 45, at Middlebury and Bates, and his 100-point outburst at St. Lawrence was his top SL performance of the year. The junior posted his first collegiate win, and New Hampshire's lone individual victory of the season, in the SL at the St. Lawrence Carnival (Jan. 15), recorded second-place finishes in SL races at Colby (Jan. 22) and Middlebury (Feb. 18) and tacked on top-5 results in GS at Middlebury (Feb. 19) and at the EISA Championships (Feb. 27).
The UNH ski team prepares to compete in the NCAA Championships from March 9-12 at the University of Vermont. For more information about UNH skiing, visit www.unhwildcats.com.